Finale - Farewell to our RV

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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Trip End Jun 19, 2009


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The road into LA was a patchwork quilt of potholes and grooved surface - not fun.  As we drove the streets looking for our RV park we had to try to avoid our side mirrors hitting the cars whizzing past us - and Hannah was not impressed when one van touched our mirror when she was in the front seat, again.

We met a lovely couple from South Carolina in the site next to us, who became the recipients of the remainders of our supplies.  We did manage to successfully finish off most of our food.

We were really sad to be handing back the van that had been our home during our travels.  It also signified the end of our holiday.

After a couple of weeks in our RV/motorhome we had settled into a pattern.  Each of the kids had checks to make before we moved away from our camp = step is up? everything is stowed? doors are closed securely? etc.

It did make life interesting when we went around a corner and the fridge door flew open - whoops, didn't click it closed properly.  Everything had to be put away, or it could become a missile.  We kept the fruit bowl in the sink, the oven dish in the drawer, the cups inside the jug, etc.

One side effect is that we sported a few bruises, bumping into things or tripping over things in the confined space.  But the worst one was a gash on my forehead caused by the coin slide at the laundry in Circus Circus - not even in the RV.

We were happy with our choice of a 29 foot C class motorhome - 9 metres long.  There is always a compromise between space and manageability.  We've seen the difficulties vehicles with trailers have had reversing into sites or negotiating tight corners and we were grateful we didn't have to share them.  We've also seen everything from the compact campervan that we're used to seeing in Australia to huge buses with 4 slideouts (expandable sides), ie. 2 on each side, some towing cars as well.  Being out of holiday season we didn't often see kids in them, just a couple.

Once we had returned the van, we felt like a responsibility had been lifted from us.

Our final day in the US we spent at Venice Beach.  It was a pleasant place to be, especially considering it was so close to the city.  The kids played on the sand (while trying not to get too sandy for the flight home) and the parents had a relaxing walk. 

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Where I stayed
Birmingham RV Park

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